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1963: "Namespace Land Rush"

Postby Soupspoon » Mon Mar 05, 2018 1:55 pm UTC

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Hover text: You can also just mash the keyboard at random, but you might end up with a gibberish name no one can pronounce.

As you can see, I go for <Common Words>…

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Re: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"

Postby heuristically_alone » Mon Mar 05, 2018 2:30 pm UTC

How long until we start seeing people on the fora with these usernames?
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Re: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"

Postby HES » Mon Mar 05, 2018 2:37 pm UTC

I've never successfully grabbed this name anywhere else, but there's usually a character minimum greater than three.

heuristically_alone wrote:How long until we start seeing people on the fora with these usernames?

Given what we already have?
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Re: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"

Postby Jorpho » Mon Mar 05, 2018 2:43 pm UTC

"registereduser" and "registeredname" are also colorful options.

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Re: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"

Postby jozwa » Mon Mar 05, 2018 3:19 pm UTC

You can also just mash the keyboard at random, but you might end up with a gibberish name no one can pronounce.


I'm not sure what this means. A reference to the name of the comic (xkcd)?

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Re: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"

Postby cellocgw » Mon Mar 05, 2018 3:48 pm UTC

Coincidentally, I was thinking that, after winning Powerball, I'd open an anonymized Trust named "correcthorsebatterystaple" .

Now that I've revealed that, some other chump is going to ninja the name away from me. :(
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Re: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"

Postby Justin Lardinois » Mon Mar 05, 2018 6:04 pm UTC

jozwa wrote:
You can also just mash the keyboard at random, but you might end up with a gibberish name no one can pronounce.


I'm not sure what this means. A reference to the name of the comic (xkcd)?


I think it's just an observation that a username generated by keyboard mash is likely to still be available.

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Re: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"

Postby Reka » Mon Mar 05, 2018 6:22 pm UTC

jozwa wrote:
You can also just mash the keyboard at random, but you might end up with a gibberish name no one can pronounce.


I'm not sure what this means. A reference to the name of the comic (xkcd)?

Explainxkcd thinks yes, the title text refers to "xkcd". I guess that's possible: x, c, and d are right next to each other in a little triangle, and k is over on the other half, so if you did a two-handed keyboard mash, it's conceivable that you'd end up with "xkcd". But I thought that Randall specifically came up with that sequence of letters because it doesn't spell anything and doesn't look like an abbreviation or acronym for anything.

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Re: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"

Postby gmalivuk » Mon Mar 05, 2018 6:34 pm UTC

HES wrote:I've never successfully grabbed this name anywhere else, but there's usually a character minimum greater than three.

heuristically_alone wrote:How long until we start seeing people on the fora with these usernames?

Given what we already have?

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Re: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"

Postby Soupspoon » Mon Mar 05, 2018 6:47 pm UTC

gmalivuk wrote:Oh yeah, I'd forgotten that Meaux had changed her name to (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻

Was µ already taken? ;)

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Re: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"

Postby Patashu » Tue Mar 06, 2018 4:15 am UTC

This list is notably missing 'null'. This one actually impacts people in real life:

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Re: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"

Postby GlassHouses » Tue Mar 06, 2018 4:51 am UTC

Reka wrote:[...] if you did a two-handed keyboard mash, it's conceivable that you'd end up with "xkcd". But I thought that Randall specifically came up with that sequence of letters because it doesn't spell anything and doesn't look like an abbreviation or acronym for anything.

For the longest time, I just couldn't accept that. I was using Linux and Unix, at home and at work, so I was constantly using things like xterm, xload, xclock, xev, xcalc, xrdb, xwhatever... "xkcd" just had to mean something. :D

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Re: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"

Postby serutan » Tue Mar 06, 2018 5:44 am UTC

Surprised <Favored book/movie/TV character> wasn't in there.
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Re: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"

Postby Eternal Density » Tue Mar 06, 2018 7:02 am UTC

Yeah I would have expected <pop culture reference> to be in the list.

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Re: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"

Postby chridd » Tue Mar 06, 2018 7:49 am UTC

GlassHouses wrote:For the longest time, I just couldn't accept that. I was using Linux and Unix, at home and at work, so I was constantly using things like xterm, xload, xclock, xev, xcalc, xrdb, xwhatever... "xkcd" just had to mean something. :D
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Re: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"

Postby TheWord&Ampersand » Tue Mar 06, 2018 7:53 am UTC

heuristically_alone wrote:How long until we start seeing people on the fora with these usernames?

Quite long, apparently.

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Re: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"

Postby Soupspoon » Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:24 am UTC

GlassHouses wrote:For the longest time, I just couldn't accept that. I was using Linux and Unix, at home and at work, so I was constantly using things like xterm, xload, xclock, xev, xcalc, xrdb, xwhatever... "xkcd" just had to mean something. :D

It's obviously the Change Directory command as specifically implemented for the Korn shell as wrapped in the X Windows System gui, paradigm. ;)

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Re: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"

Postby DanAxtell » Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:41 am UTC

But, then there’s the land-grab-regret syndrome.

After the 2016 U.S. election, during the “anger” stage of grief, I considered buying up “greatagain” domain names using some of the new TLDs. The next morning, I was dismayed to discover that I had bought 4 of them. I redirected “greatagain.help” to a help page for US expatriates, figuring that might be helpful and/or slightly humorous. I have no idea what I was thinking for “greatagain.hiphop.” I’m glad that “greatagain.men” expired in November because the optics of that one just got worse and worse. (It’s available now.)

I decided to keep the dot-wtf version because I like using the email address Oh me yarm (script-lowercase-a-in-a-circle-not-capital-A-that-would-be-the-anarchist-symbol) greatagain.wtf. At this point, I’d like to transfer the domain name free to a good home, if anyone here is interested. You have my email address.

So, beware land-grab-regret.

- <YOUR FULL NAME>

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Re: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"

Postby DanAxtell » Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:45 am UTC

Oh drat, it's March Madness.
Regarding my previous post, my email address is not "oh me yarm@greatagain.wtf", it's what I typed that then got maddeningly converted to "oh me yarm".

EDIT: It was the letters O, M, and G all run together.
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Re: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"

Postby Peaceful Whale » Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:47 am UTC

Really? I want to see if it works with me...

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Re: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"

Postby Peaceful Whale » Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:47 am UTC

Awwww, no cool text replacements...
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Re: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"

Postby Peaceful Whale » Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:48 am UTC

Oh, oh me yarm is what was converted... what was the original word?
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Re: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"

Postby speising » Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:52 am UTC

DanAxtell wrote:Oh drat, it's March Madness.
Regarding my previous post, my email address is not "oh me yarm@greatagain.wtf", it's what I typed that then got maddeningly converted to "oh me yarm".

EDIT: It was the letters O, M, and G all run together.

That's not March Madness, it's the common or garden-variety All Year Madness.

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Re: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"

Postby DanAxtell » Tue Mar 06, 2018 12:15 pm UTC

speising wrote:That's not March Madness, it's the common or garden-variety All Year Madness.

Indeed, "yarm" has 105 hits since 2014 (106 now). People were using "Oscar Mike Golf" on this board long before the movie, "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" came out. In any case, I'm going to be wary of March Mod Madness now. I realize that it may not happen, but I can't shake the existential angst.

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Re: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"

Postby herbstschweigen » Tue Mar 06, 2018 1:35 pm UTC

HES wrote:I've never successfully grabbed this name anywhere else, but there's usually a character minimum greater than three.


Funny, my ex used to have that name in various online forums in the early 2000's. (wait... N, is that you??? :shock: )
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Re: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"

Postby bantler » Tue Mar 06, 2018 6:02 pm UTC

ANONYMOUS is always a great grab.

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Re: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"

Postby Pfhorrest » Tue Mar 06, 2018 6:07 pm UTC

bantler wrote:ANONYMOUS is always a great grab.

Beware that apparently some services won't accept some names like that as usernames, even if they're real functional email addresses.

I don't have a Facebook account, but for a dev project a few years back I needed to have one because the thing I was helping build was Facebook-driven. So I made a fake Facebook account, and create a new address, nobody@, on one of my own domains, to use to register the fake account. It was a real, fully-functional IMAP account. But when I told Facebook that that was my email address, it came back at me with something along the lines of "no really, what's your email address?"
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Re: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"

Postby Keyman » Tue Mar 06, 2018 10:22 pm UTC

Pfhorrest wrote:
bantler wrote:ANONYMOUS is always a great grab.

Beware that apparently some services won't accept some names like that as usernames, even if they're real functional email addresses.

I don't have a Facebook account, but for a dev project a few years back I needed to have one because the thing I was helping build was Facebook-driven. So I made a fake Facebook account, and create a new address, nobody@, on one of my own domains, to use to register the fake account. It was a real, fully-functional IMAP account. But when I told Facebook that that was my email address, it came back at me with something along the lines of "no really, what's your email address?"

I have that 'not accepting' issue sometimes. My "permanent personal forwarding" email is thru Mail.com - got it in the early 80's. They had a bunch of domain names you could use. I chose "mindless.com" (People *do* giggle, but they remember it)
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Re: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"

Postby somitomi » Wed Mar 07, 2018 9:00 am UTC

Keyman wrote:I have that 'not accepting' issue sometimes. My "permanent personal forwarding" email is thru Mail.com - got it in the early 80's. They had a bunch of domain names you could use. I chose "mindless.com" (People *do* giggle, but they remember it)

A guy I met an uni had something along the lines of "firstname.littlepig@gmail.com" based on the same general idea.
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Re: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"

Postby niauropsaka » Wed Mar 07, 2018 9:41 am UTC

DanAxtell wrote:But, then there’s the land-grab-regret syndrome.

After the 2016 U.S. election, during the “anger” stage of grief, I considered buying up “greatagain” domain names using some of the new TLDs. The next morning, I was dismayed to discover that I had bought 4 of them. I redirected “greatagain.help” to a help page for US expatriates, figuring that might be helpful and/or slightly humorous. I have no idea what I was thinking for “greatagain.hiphop.” I’m glad that “greatagain.men” expired in November because the optics of that one just got worse and worse. (It’s available now.)

I decided to keep the dot-wtf version because I like using the email address Oh me yarm (script-lowercase-a-in-a-circle-not-capital-A-that-would-be-the-anarchist-symbol) greatagain.wtf. At this point, I’d like to transfer the domain name free to a good home, if anyone here is interested. You have my email address.

So, beware land-grab-regret.

- <YOUR FULL NAME>
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Re: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"

Postby Mack » Wed Mar 07, 2018 10:29 am UTC

I'm missing one name in the causing more trouble category: "root"

Don't laugh, I've tried it a few times (for shits & giggles) and it once worked. (No, I'm not telling where ... :wink: )

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Re: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"

Postby Soupspoon » Wed Mar 07, 2018 11:27 pm UTC

Keyman wrote:I have that 'not accepting' issue sometimes. My "permanent personal forwarding" email is thru Mail.com - got it in the early 80's. They had a bunch of domain names you could use. I chose "mindless.com" (People *do* giggle, but they remember it)

When I regularly used a whole @<my-name>.me.uk domain for many things (the pre-@ text being useful to differentiate registrations and other correspondents both personal and impersonal, so as to blacklist those places that get too clingy with my provided contact details) I had the occasional problem with places that were not happy with the .me.uk part. Obviously programmed to recognise .co.uk, .ac.uk and likely .org.uk and .gov.uk but not updated to accept the .me 2LD.

I occasionally got around that simply by registering as something like <yourservice>@<my-name>.me.uk.your-valiator-is-broken.com (or even with the .invalid TLD, just to be extra sure I wasn't initiating the spamming of someone else's strangely named MX, yet ironically getting through the validator) where I didn't need any form of confirmation email to work during registration.

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Re: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"

Postby Pfhorrest » Wed Mar 07, 2018 11:30 pm UTC

Only tangentially related, but: I have an email address that's <my first name>@<my last name>.com, and CSRs just can't seem to wrap their heads around that concept, always asking "at... gmail? yahoo?" after I tell them. "No, no, the at comes before my last name, and there's nothing between that and the dot-com. Yes, I own <my last name>.com. Yes really."
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Re: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"

Postby grkvlt » Thu Mar 08, 2018 4:32 pm UTC

jozwa wrote:
You can also just mash the keyboard at random, but you might end up with a gibberish name no one can pronounce.


I'm not sure what this means. A reference to the name of the comic (xkcd)?


More like how I chose my username, i.e. grkvlt. It looks like keyboard mashings, but is actually an unpronounceable utterance made by a parrot in a Donald Duck story by Carl Barks (WDC&S issue unknown and I can't find my copy right now). This makes a splendid choice for a username since it's never taken and if it exists I can be pretty sure I registered an account... Until now, obviously. Oops.

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Re: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"

Postby senor_cardgage » Thu Mar 08, 2018 7:15 pm UTC

jozwa wrote:
You can also just mash the keyboard at random, but you might end up with a gibberish name no one can pronounce.


I'm not sure what this means. A reference to the name of the comic (xkcd)?


Or maybe, just maybe, it's fhqwhgads.

One other one to add to the list:

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Re: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"

Postby Steve the Pocket » Fri Mar 09, 2018 2:15 am UTC

On a related note, I wonder how long before .egg and .muffin are available.
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Re: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"

Postby jozwa » Mon Mar 12, 2018 1:49 pm UTC

grkvlt wrote:More like how I chose my username, i.e. grkvlt. It looks like keyboard mashings, but is actually an unpronounceable utterance made by a parrot in a Donald Duck story by Carl Barks (WDC&S issue unknown and I can't find my copy right now).

I don't remember that story but I'm intrigued. All I can think of is Hortense McDuck saying "Glxblt" in Don Rosa's stories.


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